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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

Plaza Health Network Celebrates Lifelong Careers of Two Nurses

Few people can say they have worked for the same organization their entire career but so was the case for Rosa Brown and Yolaine Joseph, who each retired from a Plaza Health Network managed facility in May after spending 55 and 37 years, respectively, with the organization. 

“All I ever wanted to do was be a nurse and take care of patients,” said Rosa Brown, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who officially retired on May 25, 2018 after spending 55 years at Arch Plaza Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and its related facilities.
Brown’s career began when she was 21 years old. She has gone on to care for thousands of patients but quite a few, she recalls, have greatly impacted her life.
“One of my patients was part owner of a major chocolate company and he would come down to Florida each winter and would ask for me to care for him,” recalls Brown. “He would advise me on how to invest my money. His daughter even taught me how to start a doll collection.”
Brown now owns over 32 dolls in pristine condition. Another patient taught her how to knit, a skill Brown now plans to teach others in her retirement, along with volunteering her time at Arch Plaza, the place she called her work home for decades.
Brown was named Nurse of the Year at Arch Plaza six times and was also recognized as the LPN Nurse of the Year for the state of Florida in 2005.
Plaza Health Network also said goodbye to Yolaine Joseph, who began working at the facility that is now Aventura Plaza Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 1981, nearly 37 years ago.
A certified nursing assistant (CNA), Joseph now plans to spend more time with her four children and ten grandchildren, though she says it will be difficult to not get up and go to work every day.
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d do exactly the same thing,” said Joseph. “God called me to nursing.”
Joseph was instrumental in the success of the Adoptive Family Program, where she “adopted” more than seven residents and patients on her own to ensure they were well cared for. This was in addition to the many patients for whom she provided care, day-in and day-out.
As for what the future will bring, Joseph says, “I’ve been meaning to retire for two years and now, I’m going to Key West!”
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